Amanda is the 23-year-old author of His Own Good Sword, a historical fantasy that has garnered comparisons to Rosemary Sutcliff and Megan Whalen Turner. Amanda lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently pursuing a degree in History and Political Science at the University of West Georgia. She also studied for two years at Geneva College, outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and for one semester in Rome, Italy. She has a particular interest in twentieth-century warfare–the World Wars, the Cold War, the Spanish Civil War–as well as a love of ancient Roman history.
Ernest Hemingway is her favorite author; A Farewell to Arms is her favorite book. She also loves the works of Rosemary Sutcliff, George Orwell, P.G. Wodehouse, Douglas Adams, and Timothy Zahn.
She loves film and film culture. She worked as a 35mm projectionist for over two years, until the booth went fully digital in 2011. Her favorite directors are Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott; she also loves Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Most consistently, her favorite film is El laberinto del fauno, though Black Hawk Down is a close second. She’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart (Han shot first).